Smoking Pot Doesn't Affect the Way You Drive
Study finds that, if anything, it makes you slow down sooner
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2010 4:02 PM CDT
Not that we're encouraging it, but it turns out pot doesn't affect one's driving ability.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – No word yet on operating heavy machinery, but it turns out that smoking pot doesn't impair one's ability to drive, according to a new study. Its 85 participants used a driving simulator 30 minutes before and after smoking either a joint or a placebo. Researchers found no difference in driving or during potential collision scenarios like avoiding a dog in the road. Actually, the only difference they found was that the tokers were more likely to slow down during certain parts of the simulation, reports Asylum.

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April Carpenter
Jun 17, 2010 1:43 PM CDT
well it might not effect your driving but it does effect your health
schmidtkoff
Jun 7, 2010 4:11 PM CDT
i'm a little behind coming out of the starting gate here. wish i had caught blah blahs's post, i'd appreciate it if one could email blah blah's comment. just curious for it seemed to generate a lot of negative comments. aside from that i don't understand the government's absolute and unequivocal demonizing of possession and/or smoking of pot, when alcohol causes so much much more destruction of life. in my lifetime i am still waiting for them to stop this insanity. this mindless conviction, arrests and incarceration of those who smoke weed. it just boggles my mind that we are still governed by anal retentive alcohol sloshed representatives, (who on almost any given month are hauled over for drunk driving and then magically absolved from said crime) by the way. but back to driving while under the influence of pot, sorry guys and gals, but i could no more smoke pot and drive safely than i could with a few shots or cans of beer. but this is just me. i get euphoric, make no bones, about it when i'm high - not so with booze, (kinda weepy instead) but either/or i won't drive while impaired.
memphibian
Jun 7, 2010 2:52 PM CDT
The hell it doesn't. Hmmm, does this car automatically stop at red lights? I don't remember.